A Turkish Fashion Magazine, Ala, Is Unshy About Showing Some Piety – NYTimes.com. Except for the religious headgear, the shoot could have been for any glossy fashion magazine. But Ala — called the “Vogue of the veiled” in the Turkish news media — is no conventional publication. In an unlikely fusion of conservative Muslim values and high fashion, it unabashedly appeals to the pious head-scarf-wearing working woman, who may covet a Louis Vuitton purse but has no use for the revealing clothing that pervades traditional fashion magazines.
Malaysian Mosque Is Also a Methadone Clinic – NYTimes.com. After reciting his prayers, he climbs the stairs to the mosque’s mezzanine level, gives a urine sample and consults a doctor. A pharmacist then gives him a small plastic cup containing methadone, to help wean him from his heroin addiction.
Muslim actors (and others) take note of the quote below. We don’t need to be terrorists on television, or anywhere else. Peter Dinklage Was Smart to Say No – NYTimes.com. He sipped his coffee and pointed out that media portrayal is, in part, the fault of actors who are dwarves. “You can say no. You can not be the object of ridicule.”
I’ll be moderating a panel during the day of this conference. A link to the program is here. The Harriman Institute. The Harriman Institute presents a series of colloquia entitled “Eurasian Pipelines – Road to Peace, Development and Interdependencies?”
Separate Justice System for Muslims – NYTimes.com. Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, genuine concerns about national security as well as politicking and fear have led to a shift in the balance between civil liberties and law enforcement. That much is indisputable, and widely discussed. Yet it’s rarely acknowledged that the attacks have also led to what’s essentially a separate justice system for Muslims.